Kurt's Blog

Wine and the Word: A Father / Daughter Interview

Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of Lutheran Social Services for almost 20 years, is the author of four books, including his latest,Wine and the Word: Savor & Serve, available June 1, 2014. In recent months, Dr. Senske has traveled to numerous speaking engagements to promote his new book – [important note: all profits go to LSS*] – […]

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Filling Our Glass Half Way

When you drink wine, especially a fine red wine, it is recommended that you only fill the glass half way.  This leaves room for you to swirl the liquid and allow the oxygen to enhance the aroma and flavor which adds to the integration.  It drives me crazy when a waiter will carelessly fill my […]

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What is Your Varietal Character?

For me, the subject of wine can be effectively utilized as an appropriate metaphor for living the Christian life.  For example, one way to judge a wine is by its distinct varietal character. When a wine that has been made from a single variety of grape, a cabernet for example, presents its inherent grape aromas […]

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Wine – Uniquely Divine and Human

Wine is unique in that it is both divine and human.  Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, was the liberating god of wine and mad religious ecstasy in early Greek and Roman society. Some conjure that the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana was to signify that an even greater […]

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My Wine Book Recommendations

In addition to tasting thousands of different wines in the name of “research” while writing Wine and the Word, I also devoured virtually every wine book ever written from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.     Several have asked me which books I would recommend to those who share my enthusiasm for wine and the written […]

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